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MSHA TRAINING AND COMPLIANCE RESOURCES

MSHA TRAINING AND COMPLIANCE FAQs

  1. Who is MSHA?
  2. What is MSHA Part 46?
  3. What do I need to be compliant with MSHA Part 46?
  4. Who needs the training outlined by MSHA Part 46?
  5. What training does MSHA Part 46 require for New Miners?
  6. Where can I buy a product that meets all 24 hours of MSHA Part 46 Requirements?
  7. Why would somebody buy your MSHA training products when MSHA provides some training resources?
  8. Can your training products be used to help meet MSHA's Annual Refresher requirements?
  9. What if I need training for multiple job sites or have a large number of employees?
  10. I'm a contractor. Do I need to have a training plan?
  11. What if I am only on a mine site for limited time and always supervised? Do I need compliant training?
  • 1) Who is MSHA?

  • The Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA, is a federal organization within the United States Department of Labor that provides governmental oversight of the country's mining industry.

    Click here for more information on MSHA External Link

  • 2) What is MSHA Part 46?

  • MSHA Part 46 is a section of Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations, 30 CFR, which defines health and safety rules and compliance requirements for non–metal and non–coal surface mines.

    Mines that produce coal, metals, and other commodities through underground operations are governed by MSHA's Part 46 regulations with significantly more rigid training and documentations requirements.

    Click here to visit the MSHA Part 46 section of Title 30 CFR. External Link

  • 3) What do I need to be compliant with MSHA Part 46?

  • You need paperwork that shows you've planned, executed, and documented the training MSHA requires. For specific personnel, it must meet the minimum time requirements within the specified time periods.

    • A Training Plan - formatted to comply with MSHA requirements
    • Compliant Training - that covers required MSHA Part 46 topics in the minimum time required
    • A Record of Training - either MSHA's 5000-23 form or a document formatted to comply with MSHA requirements

    Click here to visit MSHA Part 46.3 and MSHA Part 46.9 of Title 30 CFR.

  • 4) Who needs the training outlined by MSHA Part 46?

  • MSHA Part 46 defines training topics, minimum time requirements, and deadlines for training completion for:

    Training Type Training Topics Minimum Time Requirement Deadlines
    New Miners See List of 9 Topics 24 Hours (Including 4 Hours Before Starting Work) 90 Days
    Newly Hired Experienced Miners See List of 8 Topics None 60 Days
    New Tasks Health and Safety Aspects of Tasks None Before Starting Task
    Annual Refresher Changes at the Mine 8 Hours 12 Months
    Site Specific Hazards Hazards at the Mine None When Necessary
  • 6) Where can I buy a product that provides all 24 hours of MSHA Part 46 requirements for New Miner training?

  • Our MSHA New Miner Extended set provides over 24 hours of compliant training and our MSHA New Miner Training set provides over 14 hours of compliant training. However, to be compliant with MSHA training requirements, you'll still need a tour of the mine and site-specific hazard training. Compare our different products here.

    A MINE TOUR and INSTRUCTION ON THE RECOGNITION AND AVOIDANCE OF HAZARDS PRESENT AT THE MINE are required. If you're a MINE CONTRACTOR, this means you should coordinate with the surface mines you'll work with for mine-specific information, tours, and any other necessary training related to hazards in the area of the mine where you'll work.

  • 7) Why would somebody buy your MSHA training products when MSHA provides some training resources?

  • If you're getting everything you need from MSHA or other resources, by all means, continue to do so. But if you're like most of the industry, you may be confused by MSHA regulations and frustrated by schedule and location limitations of other in-person training services.

    Here's what you're buying from us:

    • AWARD-WINNING TRAINING that covers way more than the basic MSHA Part 46 requirements
    • WORRY-FREE COMPLIANCY TOOLS that give you a head-start with compliant templates and documentation
    • FREEDOM to train your team on-site when it works for you
    • LOWER TRAINING COSTS compared to sending your personnel to training facilities, waiting for trainers to visit your site, or having to do all the compliance research and documentation yourself

    Don't get us wrong. You'll still have to do some work. But we can make the whole process easier than anyone else in the industry.

  • 8) Can your training products be used to help meet MSHA's Annual Refresher requirements?

  • ABSOLUTELY! Our MSHA Annual Refresher training is based on MSHA's Part 46 recommended and suggested topics for Annual Refresher training. We've designed both the training material and the compliance templates to meet MSHA requirements.

    It's also critical for everyone to understand that miners and mine contractors are required to have all the same training. This includes Annual Refresher training which MSHA outlines in two pieces:

    1. Instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect miners' health or safety; and
    2. Other health and safety subjects relevant to mining operations at the mine

    So once you've covered Changes at the Mine with your team, you can use any of our Surface Miner Training modules to address other health and safety subjects relevant to your team's work at the mine.

    So once you've covered Changes at the Mine with your team, you can use any of our training courses to address other health and safety subjects relevant to your team's work at the mine.

  • 9) What if I need training for multiple job sites or have a large number of employees?

  • In addition to the products listed here, our MSHA Compliance LMS solution can deliver training to multiple workstations at the same site, or online to a virtually unlimited number of users at an unlimited number of sites.

    Users can work from any internet-enabled PC to connect, take training, and submit results to the online learning management system. Managers or administrators can review progress, reports, or print MSHA required documents. Contact us for more information.

  • 10) I'm a contractor. Do I need to have a training plan?

  • Yes! MSHA requires any person, partnership, corporation, subsidiary of a corporation, firm, association, or other organization that contracts to perform services at a shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, or surface limestone mine, to meet training requirements and provide all the associated documentation.

    If you are considered a miner, you must have a written training plan, printed records of training, and continue to remain compliant with eight hours of Annual Refresher training.

  • 11) What if I am only on a mine site for limited time and always supervised? Do I need compliant training?

  • MSHA requires training for any person doing work, maintenance, or anything on a mine site for an extended period of time or on a frequent basis (more than five consecutive days or five days out of the year). Also, all mines have the right to require training even if MSHA doesn't.